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Have 83 gl1100 interstate.she has set of matching Dunlop Elite E3,18 front 16 rear.dont know their age.so they need to go.any other recommendation on tires. Is load range B good or go heavier. Thanks for any input.
 

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the new E4 tires are getting some good reviews.

better wet traction, and better on bridge joints and tar snakes.
 

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Age of the tire will be printed on the sidewall.

For the 1100, I think you can still get Bridgestone Spitfires. Best rubber I ever got on mine.
 

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Ok thanks that is the kind of info looking for.what is the load range that's best
 

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Looks like 120/90-18 fronts no lo nger available in spitfire.130/90-16rear is available. Anybody familiar with Shinko tour master.planning my first road trip on wing with wyfe in April.and need good reliable running shoes.so please any and all input appreciated.
 

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Has a load range B on it now.will be loaded for a two week ride,no trailer.so concerned about weight.have had bike for two months only carrying about 15 lbs in lower trunk.tires rated at 761 lbs.wyfe and I come in at about 300 lbs.am taking bike to get Weight checked empty.
 

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I have only heard bad reviews of the Shinko tires. I'd steer clear of them if I were you.
 

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Ok thanks.better to ask around of the guys that ride a wing then take advice from someone who just sells parts
 

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Ok thanks.looks like I will stay with the Dunlop E3s or go to E4s.would like to try the Bridgestones but don't want to undersized the front tire to a 110/90-18.
 

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The new E4s have much better wet surface traction than the E3s, and a much better tread design.

Highly suggest you give those some research.
 

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E4's defininitely better, and I think E3's are discontinued. However, you're biggest issue is going to be size. I don't know if they make a matched pair for an 1100. And that's going to be typical for that vintage. Just shop around and find what you can but pay attention to the date codes. A good deal on a 4 year old tire (NOS) isn't such a good deal.
 
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Thanks.just found out about date code.never asked how old a new tire was before.
 

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Just looked, go to DennisKirk.com. They still show a pair of E3's on sale, about $240 for the pair. Don't wait too long, there aren't many E3's left and ask about the date codes before ordering. Not a bad deal. They don't show E4's for either rear or front so I don't think that's an option for you.
 

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Ok.cant find front in E4 unless change size to110/90-18.Not ready to start experimenting with on 34 yr old bike.so looks like the winner is E3
 

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Something to note is that bike calls for a 140/90 16 rear tire.

I did a quick search and found matching sizes (120/18 & 140/16) in Avon, Duro, IRC and Shinko
 
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